Originally Posted by ofmgator
What really matters is that WM gets the players he thinks will fit our program and have the ability to succeed. Lots of good teams have relatively low recruiting rankings but still play big.
Depends on what you mean by "big." If you mean "national title" big, then I would disagree. With the possible exception of Alabama, about every national champion since 2000 Oklahoma has a top-ranked recruiting class on its roster and several top-five to top-ten classes in addition. If you mean "competitive in the East" big, then sure.
I agree that you don't judge a team simply by its recruiting and that in a single game situation recruiting rankings don't matter a lick, but on the whole higher recruiting rankings reflect a higher volume of athletic, sought after prospects which in turn leads to deeper rosters with more room for evaluation errors.